Such a lovely room

Such a lovely room

Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Marriage of Louise Smyth and Steven Magers

The Marriage of Louise Smyth and Steven Magers
Song of Solomon 2:10-13; 8:6-7
Colossians 3:12-17
Matthew 5:13-16
Nazareth Hall, Grand Rapids OH

In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Now I know that the main reason you’ve all gathered here today is to hear a lengthy sermon from me that will leave you all champing at the bit to join your local Episcopal Church.  But I am afraid I will disappoint, because I will be brief, be clear, and be gone.

As any priest knows, the world will little notice nor long remember what I say today.  But what you will surely remember is this: Two young people have decided to bind themselves together, against all odds, to promise to live with and for one another until the day they die.

Now THAT is something to remember!  It is something worth remembering, because it is worth noticing that people are still willing to hold  hands and take a leap of faith into the unknown.  And it is truly a leap into the unknown, like it or not.

They make their promises in good faith, trusting one another.  And you have all gathered here as witnesses and cheerleaders, to help them along the way.  Cheering at times when they need it, consoling and comforting in the times they need that.  Sometimes things work out exactly as we planned, and sometimes things don’t work out quite as we expected.  And having your support will make a difference for these two.

But here are the words I want to say to Steven and Louise this morning.  They’re very good words, which is how you can tell they’re not my words.  Jesus said, You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house.

Louise, Steven: You are the light of the world.  You are proclaiming love, and commitment, and hope to all the world on this day.  And along with everyone who has gathered with you today, I implore you to let your light shine, and give light to all the house.


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